The calendar says that spring is right around the corner and with the unusually warm temperatures we are experiencing, we have a tendency to forget that there are still many days of winter left and that means winter driving conditions as well. Many people take the time to create a weather disaster kit at home in case of power outages, etc., but don’t consider the importance of having one in their vehicle as well.
You can purchase a pre-made car weather safety kit or build your own but if you purchase a pre-made one, be sure you are familiar with the contents and the ways to use them.
Recommended items are:
- Blankets or sleeping bags
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- First aid kit with knife/scissors
- High-calorie, non-perishable food & drink
- A shovel and a bag of sand (or cat litter) for tire traction
- Jumper cables
- Flat tire repair kit
- A compass and road maps–GPS/cell phones may not work if the battery is dead
- Extra clothing for all of the vehicle occupants including shoes/boots
- Fully check and winterize your vehicle well before the winter season begins including your tire tread.
- Keep your gas tank as full as possible to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
- Check air pressure frequently as tires deflate in cold weather.
- Try not to travel alone, especially in unfamiliar places and let someone know your timetable and primary/alternate routes. Stay with your vehicle if stranded.
Information provided by The National Safety Council and The Boulevard Inc.*, a wholly owned subsidiary of Standard Bank & Trust Co. and an independent insurance agency with agents licensed in Illinois and Indiana with a combined experience in the industry of over 50 years.